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As Spring arrives we’ve taken the opportunity to focus on all of the local events we have to look forward to. On page 10 we have a round-up of local children’s activities with plenty of family fun guaranteed. Our What’s On pages and Community Board are also packed with this month’s meetings, classes and charity fundraisers and don’t forget to check our full events calendar online at www. to ensure you don’t miss out.

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If you simply fancy heading outdoors now the weather is milder then try out this month’s family friendly walk around Ticknall Tramway Tunnel and Limeyards on page 42. One date you need to remember this month is Mother’s Day on Sunday 26th March. Our book reviews on page 32 may give you some inspiration. Or why not shop local for an original gift and support COPY a small business at the same time?

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What’s On for Families


Swannington Heritage Trust


Ibstock Surgery News


What’s On at the Palace


Recipe of the Month


Health & Fitness Advice


A Walk in the Forest


The 1620’s House & Gardens


Ashby Museum News


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Adopt the correct PRICE Strategy

People are sustaining acute injuries everyday while participating in sports or carrying out regular activities in their lives. An acute injury is one when there is a specific cause of injury such as a twisted joint, a pulled muscle, a sprained ligament or a collision and is usually associated with swelling, pain and bleeding. Those more serious injuries require immediate first aid and expert medical attention. However, the less serious acute injuries can usually, in the early phase, be treated safely at home using the PRICE principle.

PROTECTION REST ICE COMPRESSION ELEVATION PRICE will help to control the amount of swelling, prevent further injury and reduce pain and, if used in the first 48-72 hours after the injury, can have a dramatic effect on reducing healing time and enabling a quicker recovery. Protection Stop immediately doing the activity that caused the injury in the first instance. Depending on the injured area, find something to support it - whether it be a sling for a shoulder, a brace for a knee or ankle or the use of crutches if weight bearing on a limb is too painful. Supportive bandaging can be useful also. Rest In order to start the process of healing, the injured area needs to be off loaded and rested to be given the chance to heal without further damage, as pain subsides and the gradual phased return of activity returns. Ice This can be effective in limiting the amount of


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bleeding and inflammation and involves applying ice for 20 minutes at a time to the area. Soft ice packs, crushed ice in a bag, or a bag of frozen peas are ideal as they mould to the contours of the injured area. Apply a damp cloth around the ice pack to prevent an ice burn. Do not put ice directly over a cut or contusion that needs medical attention. Compression When the ice pack is removed a compression bandage or tubigrip can be used to support the damaged structure and form a mechanical barrier to minimise swelling. Cohesive wraps and elastic bandages are ideal for this but require some care with application. Elevation In the immediate post injury stage, elevation will reduce the amount of blood flow to the area. In the case of a lower limb injury, putting the feet up on pillows to elevate them can help. By adopting the PRICE principle you will give your body a much better chance for optimal healing. Should you require any further assistance, seek the advice of a physiotherapist who can advise you more specifically on your post injury management. Expert advice provided by Darin from ProPhysio located on The Green, Ashby.

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As we welcome the longer, lighter and hopefully warmer days of Spring we take a look at some of the children’s activities scheduled to take place locally this month.

The Giant Jam Sandwich One of the most loved children’s picture books, The Giant Jam Sandwich will be brought to life on stage on Saturday 11th March at Kegworth Village Hall, Nottingham Road, DE74 2FH. For further information and tickets please call the Box Office on 01509 673 138 or see the website

Twycross Zoo Conservation Club

Twycross Zoo Conservation Club runs every Saturday morning for 6 weeks starting from 4th March. It’s open for 8 to 12 year olds and helps to provide children with more of an understanding of why animals are endangered and how we can all help to protect them. Activities include making discovery toys for the animals, cleaning out enclosures, trails, crafts, quizzes and more. See for details and to book.

Brickish Weekend Brickish Weekend at the National Space Centre on Saturday 18th and Saturday 19th March will have one of the largest displays of LEGO ever created in the UK. There Children’s Clay will be rare kits, planes, trains and automobiles as well as a whole gallery dedicated to LEGO space Shooting lessons and a treasure trail. See Field Sport UK are running event/brickish-weekend for full Children’s Clay Shooting lessons on details and to book. Saturday 4th March. No experience or licence is required so it is perfect for kids wanting to try it for the first time. Children must be 10 years+. Booking is required. Call 01283 763350, email or message Field Sport UK on Facebook.

Lambing at Home Farm For an authentic ‘Spring’ experience head on down to Calke Abbey between 11am and 3.30pm on Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th March for Lambing at Home Farm. If you’re lucky you may even see a lamb being born. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. Email or call 01332 863822. Booking not needed. Our What’s On page at has details of local events and ideas for many more family days out. Upload details of your events at And follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all that’s happening locally. Whats Around cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions or endorse companies, products or services appearing in the magazine. We always recommend that you check with the event organiser before your visit.


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The Giant Jam Sandwich Twycross Zoo Conservation Club

One of the most loved children’s picture books, The Giant Jam Sandwich will be brought to life on stage on Saturday 11th March at Kegworth Village Hall, Nottingham Road, DE74 2FH. For all children who adore this superbly funny tale then this promises to be a real treat. For further information and tickets please call the Box Office on 01509 673 138 or see the website

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Are Y O U Friendly Enough To Be A Mill Guide? Are you a friendly person with a welcoming smile? Are you trustworthy and reliable? If this is you, then you may be the person we are looking for to join our team of Mill Guides at Hough Mill. We have a great team of volunteers who are restoring our 200 year old windmill that used to grind wheat into flour. This year they are making the sack hoist. Our award winning land management volunteers look after the adjacent woodlands that were coal mining sites for hundreds of years. Our network of footpaths enable the public to walk around our sites every day of the year. On Sunday afternoons during April to September they can also drive to the mill for a visit. This is why we need more volunteers, people who can give a welcoming greeting and a friendly smile. We have visitor guides, museum artefact books and information boards to provide the historical facts and you might be surprised at how soon you pick things up when working with an experienced Mill Guide. Have a look on our website - www.swannington-heritage., see our Hough Mill Facebook page or ring 01530 222 833 to find out more about this opportunity. But be warned, you might find this to be a very enjoyable and interesting way to spend four Sundays a year.



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highest standards possible at all times. ‘Our service is simple. If your double glazing has misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 25 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that obviously helps. Whilst a number of tradespeople perhaps don’t focus on customer care as much as they should do, we make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. Locally Cloudy2Clear service the Ashby, Smisby, Blackfordbury, Ibstock, Ravenstone,

Packington & Normaton areas and manager Martyn Kemp agrees that this approach is a major factor in his success. ‘The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that I get from doing a good job but also it makes good business sense. I get a huge amount of business from friends and family of people I’ve done work for, which just goes to show how much a little bit of effort is appreciated as both my customers and, obviously a body as nationally important as Which? now recognise.’ So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Martyn a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!

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Home Visiting A reminder of our home visiting policy

Our team is dedicated to providing the best possible care but seeing a patient at home rather than in the surgery has a lot of disadvantages. Facilities at home can never be as good as at the surgery and travelling takes up a lot of time which we would rather spend with patients. (Our doctors typically consult with at least 8 patients in the time it takes to do a single home visit.)

Many of our home visits are now carried out by our Emergency Care Practitioners, Hayley and Steve or our Nurse Jill. In addition we sometimes ask the Acute Visiting Service (AVS) to visit on our behalf. This is a service set up for local doctors to use if they are particularly busy and can’t safely do a visit themselves. They will liaise closely with our doctors so that we are aware of the outcome of the visit.

For these reasons the final decision on whether to visit at home rests with the doctor and the doctor will ask you questions about your situation to help them make this decision.

We thank all our patients for respecting our clinicians’ decisions on home visits.

If you feel that you, or a relative or friend, needs a home visit please call the surgery before 10am if possible. The doctor will usually telephone before visiting to collect information and decide if a visit is clinically necessary.


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March Regular Bookings Monday


Mosaic Disability Services - 9.30am - 3.30pm.

Healthy Hearts low impact physical training – 9,30am – 10.20am.

Contact Bridget Smith on (0116) 2318720 0r (07912) 480959

Fitness Pilates class – 7.45pm – 8.45pm.

Suitable for GP refererral patients. Contact Michelle Scott-Worthington on (07887) 678367.

Focussing on core stability whilst improving tone and body alignment through controlled movement. Contact Michelle on (07887) 678367

50+ Fitness Pilates – 10.30am – 11.30am.


Outlook Group (a social group for senior citizens) 1.30pm – 3pm. Contact Elaine

Bubbles Playgroup – 10.30am – 12 Noon.

Richard Page on 01530 812201 or 07792 840948, e.mail: for details

Seated Exercise – 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

Enhance your posture, increase strength and flexibility; improve mobility by developing greater range of movement whilst having fun!Contact Michelle on (07887) 678367

Young Pathfinders – 5pm – 6.30pm.

The adventure starts here! Aged 5-14 years. Call Craig on 0330 660 0637 or text on 0772 704735, e.mail:

Circuit Training – 6.45pm – 7.45pm. Contact Curtis Smith on (07870) 498110 or (01455) 291656.

Tai Chi – 8pm – 9pm.

Contact Doug Gerrard on (07969) 480684.

Wednesday 50+ Fitness Pilates – 9.30am – 10.30am.

A specially designed program to encourage maintenance and flexibility of muscles used in our everyday movements providing a sense of harmony and wellbeing. Contact Michelle on (07887) 678367

‘FITSTEPS’ – 6pm – 7pm – that’s ‘Strictly’ Fun!

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Palace Players – 7.30pm – 9.45pm.

For anyone who is interested in getting involved with any aspect of amateur theatre. Contact the Palace on (01530) 262400 for more details.

Contact Michelle Scott-Worthington on (07887) 678367.

Hodgetts on (01530) 260672.

‘Weightwatchers’ class – 7pm – 8pm. Contact Jo Wyld on 07877 281831 or e.mail

Friday Tai Chi 10am – 11am. Contact Michael Cashmore on (07714) 215216.

Childrens Dance Classes

Beginners Ballet 4.00-4.45pm; Beginners Tap 4.455.30pm; Musical Theatre 5.30-6.15pm Contact Miss Jessica of Rochelle School Of Dance (established over 60 years in the area) (01455) 636514, (07949) 121442 or

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NOW MONTHLY ON A FRIDAY - January’s Palace bingo on Friday 27th January. A great social night out! Doors open at 7.30pm. Eyes Down at 8.00pm. Licensed bar & refreshments. Everyone welcome.

Saturday Community Morning at the Palace

10am to 12 noon. DUE TO RECOMMENCE ON THE 2ND SATURDAY IN MARCH. Every Saturday (except the 1st Saturday each month) the Palace plays host to groups, organisations and associations from the village, including the Ibstock Historical Society. So if you would like to learn more about what is happening in your community, come along to the Palace. Also a variety of market stalls selling locally produced goods, including delicious home made cakes. Light refreshments available.

The Palace Community Centre is available to hire for regular events and commercial hire, as well as private parties and celebrations. The Palace has a fully licensed bar, kitchen facilities, large free car park opposite venue, good disability access and facilities, full PA and lighting system, large screen and wi-fi, making it an ideal venue for numerous types of events.


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We reopen on Saturday April 1st 10.30am–4.30pm, then Thursday - Sunday until October 1st. See website for prices of our new annual admission pass. The 1620s House and Garden is a fully furnished early 17th century family home. Interpreters give a warm welcome to the house, inviting visitors of all ages to get ‘hands-on’ with exhibits and give short public talks on certain days. The lovingly recreated 17th century gardens are filled with a wide range of interesting plants, labelled with their uses. The Events Programme runs until December and includes Plant Hunter fairs, Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, early music performances and living history with the Sealed Knot. See website for prices. Guided tours of the house and garden are also available and can include a visit to the tea room for hot and cold drinks, tasty homemade soup, sandwiches and cake.

The site makes an inspirational venue for educational activities. If you are looking to bring a school trip then see our learning page for details. We have a special Twilight evening for educators on the 8th March from 6-8pm. Contact to book a place. To find out more about our volunteering opportunities, book a space on our house team sessions on Friday 24th March 10.00-12:30am or Sunday 9th April 2.00-4:30pm and for the gardens team on Wednesday 29th March 10.00-12.00. Contact Visit and follow us on Facebook at DoningtonleHeath/

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Thursday 2nd March Funhouse Comedy Club

The Lyric Rooms, Ashby. An evening of comedy with The Noise Next Door, Mark Nelson, Chris Stokes and Jim Grant. Compere: Spiky Mike, doors open at 7.30pm to 8pm for 8.15pm start. All shows £10 in advance unless otherwise stated. Food available from 7.30pm to 8pm. For more details see www. or call 0115 952 5050.

Saturday 4th March Christian Aid Spring Concert

Featuring ‘Resonance’, a fusion of Celtic, folk and world influence’s with a twist of faith. (www. Also local guest singers Sandy Marcus-Smith and Ian Harris. At Holy Trinity Church, Kilwardby Street, Ashby, 7.30pm start. Tickets £8 (children under 16 £5) available from Frank Bedford call 01530 467 183 or on the door.

Saturday 4th March Venture Jazz Club

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Band featuring Janice Day. Keith is one of the country’s bestknown musicians. As well as playing piano and trombone, he is renowned as a band leader and arranger with his band, The Midnite Follies Orchestra and his many other small band combinations appear in festivals at home and abroad. Tickets £10 from Ashby TIC on 01530 411 767.

Monday 6th March Tai Chi Taster

A regular class is running at Measham Leisure Centre every Monday 11.30am to 12.30pm but this free taster (2pm to 3pm) will enable you to try out this fascinating and unique form of exercise. Why not give it a try? Bring a friend. Contact: Robin Taylor on or via telephone: 07738 939 271.

Thursday 9th March Shopping in Hugglescote

Watch a historic film on the local Co-Op stores, listen to a talk by local historian Clark Robinson and put your memories of shopping in Hugglescote and

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Donington-le-Heath on the map. Refreshments available, families welcome. 7.30pm at Hugglescote Community Centre, Grange Road, Hugglescote LE67 2BR. £3 entry. Contact: Kevan Atkins AT hugglescotedoningtonheritage@

Friday 10th March A Street Cat Named Bob (12A)

Based on the international bestselling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. 7.30pm at Century Theatre, Coalville. Tickets cost £3.50. Book via or call 01530 278 444.

Sunday 12th March Funhouse Comedy Club

English Comedian of the Year Competition at The Lyric Rooms, Ashby. 10 Comedians battle it out in this prestigious talent show. Compere: Spiky Mike, doors open at 7pm for 7.30 show. Tickets £5 in advance. For more details see www. or call 0115 952 5050.

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Tuesday 14th March Coalville Community Connections Meeting

The Coaville Adult School Drama Group presents an adult comedy by John Godber. Bridge Road, Coalville. 22nd March to 25th March at 7.30 pm. Tickets £8 and £6 concessions. Email or pay on the door. Also available from The Hermitage FM Coffee Lounge, Coalville (01530 460 992) and Ashby Tourist Information Office (01530 411 767).

Informal meeting for people in and around Coalville to plan actions that they can take to improve the area. All meetings held 7pm to 9pm at Christ Church Hall, London Road, Coalville, LE67 3JA.

Thursday 16th March This Girl Can

Fancy a girls’ night out with a difference? Activity and Health Taster Sessions including Zumba, Pilates, Hula Hooping, Insanity, Back to Netball, Martial Arts, Body Combat, Circuits, Yoga and Mass Clubbercise. Free t-shirt and goody bag. Event suitable for ages 14+. Tickets: £5 per person. Organised by Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) in support of LAMP. 7pm to 10pm at King Edward VII Science & Sport College, Coalville, LE67 4UW. See thisgirlcan

Thursday 23rd March Sence Valley Supper Club The Supper Club welcomes new members, old friends and acquaintances alike to its monthly culinary evenings at various venues around the local area. This meal is booked for 7.30pm at The Griffin Inn, Swithland, LE12 8TJ. Shared transport is used wherever possible. Email jane_boyce@ for more details or call 07967 489 235.

Saturday 25th March Choral Concert

Broom Leys Choral Society with soloists Caroline Essex and Guy Turner and organist Simon Headley perform Faure’s Requiem and other sacred works. 7.30pm at Hugglescote Church. Tickets cost £8. Contact Jill Hetherington on jill@ or call 01530 412 374.

Monday 27th March Ashby & District Macmillan Cancer Support Group AGM

The meeting will be held at 7pm at Staunton Harold Hall. They are always looking for new helpers to join their group, why not go and join them, see what they do and how you could help.

Friday 31st March LRWT North West Group

“Twycross Zoo and Conservation”. All talks are in the church hall of Ashby Methodist Chapel, Burton Road, Ashby and begin at 7.30pm, entry is £3 each. To find out more please ring David Maltby on 01530 222 934 or Margaret Mabey on 01530 412 410.

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There is nothing better than a living boundary around or within your garden, and it is difficult to beat a hedge. Hedges can be smart or informal, neat and compact or thicker and sturdier, evergreen or deciduous and can even have pretty flowers - and now is an ideal time to plant a new hedge. First, prepare the area by forking the soil over thoroughly and remove large stones, debris and pernicious weeds. This also helps to break up any compaction and to aerate the soil, making it a better place for plant roots. You should fork in well-rotted garden compost, manure or proprietary compost if the soil is either very sandy and light or very heavy with clay, and at the same time incorporate a complete fertilizer. Don’t plant right up against an existing fence, as the plants won’t grow well. At this time of year you can create a hedge very effectively using ‘bare-root’ plants, but if you want to plant a hedge at any other time you will need container-grown plants. If using pot-grown plants, water them thoroughly and then carefully remove each plant from its pot. If the roots are tightly packed, tease them out firmly before planting. If you’re using bare-root plants, plant them immediately. It is essential to plant and space the plants correctly, to both achieve the desired effect and ensure the plants establish well. Once out of the pot, position the plant in the prepared soil at the same depth as it was in the pot; for bare-root plants only the roots should be beneath the soil. Firm the soil around each so that it is in good contact with the roots. Hedging plants should generally be spaced about 30-45cm apart. For a thicker or denser hedge, plant two parallel rows, each with a 45cm spacing between the plants, but positioned so that the planting is staggered like bricks in a wall. Once the whole hedge is planted, water the soil thoroughly to help settle the soil around the roots and so allow the plants to establish. On windy sites or with larger plants use small, temporary stakes such as bamboo canes to stabilise the plants. Keep the hedge well watered, especially during dry or windy weather. The first 18 months is the most vital period.


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By Pippa Greenwood Some great hedging plants: Yew

formal, evergreen hedge.


a stunning conifer hedge for year round colour.


a deciduous plant that gives a good effect for much of the year. Both purple and green-leafed forms.

Hornbeam great as a neatly clipped hedge, but more prone to mildew than beech. Cypress

excellent if kept well clipped and cut back regularly.

Pyracantha spiny evergreen with pretty creamy-white flowers and red-orange or yellow berries. Privet

the classic town hedge.

Euonymus evergreen, some variegated green and cream, others green and yellow. Hawthorn deciduous and potentially thorny, good for wildlife. Blackthorn deciduous and very thorny, with pretty white flowers followed by sloes – but can easily get too vigorous!

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2 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced


2 tsp brown sugar


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1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and

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up the edges of the base. Spread the caramelised onions over the base, then top with the sliced goats’ cheese, cherry tomatoes and rosemary sprigs. Leave in a warm place for 10 minutes.

4. Drizzle with olive oil and season with a little salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the base is golden brown.

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Ticknall Tramway Tunnel

and Limeyards This is a brilliant walk to take the kids on as it has a tunnel plus caves, rocky outcrops and ponds to explore along the route. I would recommend taking torches - the tunnel is lit by shafts and you can see the end but it can be slippery and is uneven underfoot. For those who aren’t surefooted but would still like to enjoy the walk there is an above ground option to avoid the tunnel itself. Allow around an hour for the walk. If you fancy refreshments afterwards The Wheel in Ticknall does excellent meals (booking is advisable) and the village shop and tea rooms offer hot drinks, cake and light refreshments. The walk starts from Ticknall Village Hall car park which is situated just off Ingleby Lane in Ticknall. The postcode for sat nav users is DE73 7JW.



Leave the car park by the gate in the corner which leads back out onto Ingleby Lane. Cross over the lane and turn right to walk downhill towards the village. After a short distance cross the main road, opposite The Wheel (1), and then turn left for a short distance before turning right into Banton’s Lane by a wooden footpath sign. Continue through the small gate at the end of the lane and follow the footpath arrows to bear right across the field. You will pass through an open gateway and then a new wooden gate (2). Almost immediately after this gate turn right to pass through a second small gate which leads you down a slope to the old tramway. Turn sharp right and you will see the entrance to the Ticknall Tramway Tunnel ahead of you (3). Built in 1805, the tunnel was part of the tramway linking the limeworks at Ticknall with the Ashby Canal and was closed in 1915. *Those who wish to avoid going through the tunnel itself should turn left after the new gate, follow the path to reach and cross over the main drive of Calke Abbey, and then look for a stile on the far side of the drive which will lead them down to the other end of the tunnel. *



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After emerging from the tunnel, you enter Ticknall Limeyards, a site of special scientific interest. This path always makes me think of Lord of the Rings as you can definitely imagine hobbits, elves and goblins living among the ferns, rocks and hanging creepers! Keep straight ahead down the track, following the green National Trust arrows, and ignoring any paths off to the side. You will pass over a small metal bridge (4) with an information board off to the left of it and a little further on you cross over a beautifully restored old stone bridge (5). Go through a wooden gate and then underneath a stone archway (6) before arriving at a narrow gap by a rocky outcrop with a stile on your left. Cross the stile to emerge onto a grassy area with ponds on your left hand side. You may like to make a small diversion to explore the ponds before leaving over the stile on the far side of this area. After damp weather there is a small waterfall which cascades down the rocks on your right just after the stile - in the winter when it freezes it is particularly beautiful.



After a short way you join a wide track. Turn left and follow the track down to reach the main road through Ticknall. Turn left along the road, and continue along the pavement, crossing over where the path on the left ends, until you pass under the bridge just before the main entrance to Calke Abbey. Immediately opposite this entrance, take the path up the grassy area on your right up to a gap beside a gate which leads onto the end of Chapel Lane. Turn left to go through the gate and then walk along Chapel Lane to arrive back onto Ingleby Lane. The gate leading into Ticknall Village Hall car park is now immediately ahead of you.


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Ashby Museum’s We have been delighted with the response to our recent requests for volunteers to work at our town museum. We welcome Sarah Roberts, Dennis Bradley and Margaret Coley to our team of front-of-house custodians and Julie Starkey, who will be helping with research. Of course we will be very pleased to expand the team even further so do get in touch if you can offer two hours a fortnight. To accompany the Friends’ talk in March, there will be a display in the Loudoun Gallery featuring the Museum’s collection of timepieces by local makers, supplemented by photographs from other sources. Thanks to the skills of the County Record Office conservator, and the financial support of the East Midlands Museums Service, we have had the Great and Little



Appleby Parishes Estate Map of 1838 conserved. It is available for anyone to view. Friends of Ashby Museum On Wednesday March 15th at 2 p.m. Ivan Hallam will give a talk on ‘Time in a Rural Town and Village’ at the Museum. He will focus on the work of local clock and watchmakers, such as William Measures, William Salisbury, Samuel Deacon and Samuel Kirk Peplow. The cost is £3, which will include tea/coffee and biscuits.

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